History Literature / TheBlackCompany

17th Apr '18 1:07:53 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** The Lady's Empire in the North, which the Black Company works for for a while. While [[LawOfConservationOfDetail we don't quite see enough detail]] to suss out what life under the Empire was like, it's pretty expansionist and militaristic, the soldiers are willing to rape and plunder, and the leadership is a pretty messed up lot.

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** The Lady's Empire in the North, which the Black Company works for for a while. While [[LawOfConservationOfDetail we don't quite see enough detail]] to suss out what life under the Empire was like, it's pretty expansionist and militaristic, the soldiers are willing to rape and plunder, and the leadership is a pretty messed up lot. Although according to Case the small kingdoms it replaced weren't any better.
17th Mar '18 3:16:07 AM jormis29
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In 2004, Green Ronin Publishing published an RPG book based on the series for the ''TabletopGame/D20System'' as part of the Mythic Vistas series.

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In 2004, Green Ronin Publishing Creator/GreenRonin published an RPG book based on the series for the ''TabletopGame/D20System'' as part of the Mythic Vistas series.
10th Mar '18 11:31:53 PM jormis29
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** ''The Black Company''
** ''Shadows Linger''
** ''The White Rose''

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** ''The Black Company''
Company''(1984)
** ''Shadows Linger''
Linger'' (1984)
** ''The White Rose''Rose'' (1985)



** ''Shadow Games''
** ''Dreams of Steel''
** ''The Silver Spike'' (side story that takes place roughly at the same time as ''Shadow Games'')

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** ''Shadow Games''
Games'' (1989)
** ''Dreams of Steel''
Steel'' (1990)
** ''The Silver Spike'' (1989) (side story that takes place roughly at the same time as ''Shadow Games'')



** ''Bleak Seasons''
** ''She Is the Darkness''
** ''Water Sleeps''
** ''Soldiers Live''

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** ''Bleak Seasons''
Seasons'' (1996)
** ''She Is the Darkness''
Darkness'' (1997)
** ''Water Sleeps''
Sleeps'' (1999)
** ''Soldiers Live''Live'' (2000)


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In 2004, Green Ronin Publishing published an RPG book based on the series for the ''TabletopGame/D20System'' as part of the Mythic Vistas series.

In 2018, it was announced that the books are getting a television adaptation.
7th Feb '18 1:52:54 PM Xtifr
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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''The Silver Spike'', where a former Imperial soldier gets in a big argument with a former member of LaResistance about whether the Lady's rule was really any worse than TheKingdom that preceded it.

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** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''The Silver Spike'', where a former Imperial soldier gets in a big argument with a former member of LaResistance about whether the Lady's rule was really any worse than TheKingdom the Kingdom that preceded it.
18th Nov '17 12:46:01 AM EvilKid
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* BetaCouple: Depends on the Annalist, mostly due to their personal point of view. If Croaker is narrating, it's either Murgen/Sahra or Tobo/Shukrat. If Murgen or Sleepy are narrating, it's Croaker and Lady.

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* BetaCouple: Depends on the Annalist, mostly due to their personal point of view. If Croaker is narrating, it's either Murgen/Sahra or Tobo/Shukrat. If Murgen or Sleepy are narrating, it's Croaker and Lady.[[spoiler:Lady]].



* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Lady and Croaker's]] daughter, who is [[spoiler:Kina, Goddess of Death]] reborn.

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* EnfantTerrible: [[spoiler:Lady and Croaker's]] daughter, Daughter of Night, who is [[spoiler:Kina, Goddess of Death]] reborn.



* FanFic: In-universe. Croaker writes them about the Lady. He has a hard time living it down when the rest of the company gets a whiff of that. It looks like an affect she has on men who become infatuated with her.

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* FanFic: In-universe. Croaker writes them about the Lady.[[spoiler:the Lady]]. He has a hard time living it down when the rest of the company gets a whiff of that. It looks like an affect she has on men who become infatuated with her.



** Croaker makes one to Lady before the big battle in ''The White Rose'', which he actually comes through on.

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** Croaker makes one to Lady [[spoiler:Lady]] before the big battle in ''The White Rose'', which he actually comes through on.



* LukeYouAreMyFather: [[spoiler:Daughter Of Night aka Booboo is spawn of Lady and Crocker. She was separated from her parents as soon she was born and only reunites with them at teenage years.]]



* MayDecemberRomance: Played with in the relationship between Croaker and [[spoiler:Lady]]. He looks older than she does, but she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.

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* MayDecemberRomance: Played with in the relationship between Croaker and [[spoiler:Lady]]. He looks older than she does, but she's [[spoiler:she's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.]]



* MoralityPet: Darling for Raven. Inverted in that it makes Raven overall worse, not better. As Croaker muses in ''Shadows Linger'', Raven "concentrates" all the good in him for Darling, and so acts more evil to everyone else. At the same time, it is played straight with Croaker for the Lady. Croaker [[DiscussedTrope compares the two situations]].

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* MoralityPet: Darling for Raven. Inverted in that it makes Raven overall worse, not better. As Croaker muses in ''Shadows Linger'', Raven "concentrates" all the good in him for Darling, and so acts more evil to everyone else. At the same time, it is played straight with Croaker for the Lady.[[spoiler:the Lady]]. Croaker [[DiscussedTrope compares the two situations]].



* OfficialCouple: Varies by book, starting with ''Shadow Games'', depending on who the analyst is. In Croaker's books, he and Lady are the OfficialCouple with either Murgen/Sahra or Tobo/Shukrat as the BetaCouple. In Murgen and Sleepy's books, those roles are switched.

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* OfficialCouple: Varies by book, starting with ''Shadow Games'', depending on who the analyst is. In Croaker's books, he and Lady [[spoiler:Lady]] are the OfficialCouple with either Murgen/Sahra or Tobo/Shukrat as the BetaCouple. In Murgen and Sleepy's books, those roles are switched.switched.
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Croaker kills his daughter with Lady when the girl strangled his wife.]] See SadisticChoice below.



* SexlessMarriage: When first becoming intimate with Croaker, Lady replies to some awkwardness by saying that she's never done this before. Much later, Soulcatcher corroborates this by angrily referring to her as the Dominator's virgin wife. Clearly, her wedding to the Dominator was one purely of political convenience, uniting the two most powerful wizards in the world under the same banner, not one of love or even attraction.

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* SexlessMarriage: When first becoming intimate with Croaker, [[spoiler:Croaker]], Lady replies to some awkwardness by saying that she's never done this before. Much later, Soulcatcher corroborates this by angrily referring to her as the Dominator's virgin wife. Clearly, her wedding to the Dominator was one purely of political convenience, uniting the two most powerful wizards in the world under the same banner, not one of love or even attraction.
31st Oct '17 6:03:27 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** The first and second in command in the first two books are always referred to by their ranks, The Captain and The Lieutenant.
20th Jul '17 6:16:58 AM Blenderhead
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* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. After [spoiler: the Lady] loses her powers, she begins to age normally.

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* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. After [spoiler: [[spoiler: the Lady] Lady]] loses her powers, she begins to age normally.
20th Jul '17 6:15:59 AM Blenderhead
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* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. After [spoiler: the Lady] loses her powers, she begins to age normally.
26th Jun '17 1:42:03 AM Yozzy
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** The original trilogy is supposed to be Croaker's section of the Annals of the Black Company. Given his central role, his personal appearance in the right place at the right time to observe plot-essential points, and a little conversation in the third book about how his historical writing style is different from the Northern tradition in how much he puts himself into the history (i.e. write in first person), and it seems Glen Cook is trying to raise this idea.

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** The original trilogy is supposed to be Croaker's section of the Annals of the Black Company. Given his central role, his personal appearance in the right place at the right time to observe plot-essential points, and a little conversation in the third book about how his historical writing style is different from the Northern tradition in how much he puts himself into the history (i.e. write in first person), and it seems Glen Cook is trying to raise this idea. Sections in the second and third books are narratively important events not told from Croaker's perspective (being told from the perspectives of Shed and Corbie, respectively), as he wasn't there to observe them and they wouldn't go into the annals. They default to the third person for these segments.
19th May '17 3:06:57 PM WillBGood
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** The White Rose, who emits an aura (known as a the "null") for quite some distance, that nullifies any active magic, rendering most mages vulnerable. Permanent magic, such as imbuements or permanent changes to a body [[spoiler:(like Limper's extreme vitality)]] are unaffected. [[spoiler:Darling]] in the White Rose's "reincarnation"; it's not certain if they were the same individual over two lives, but [[spoiler:Darling]] inherited her power.

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** The White Rose, who emits an aura (known as a the "null") for quite some distance, that nullifies any active magic, rendering most mages vulnerable. Permanent magic, such as imbuements or permanent changes to a body [[spoiler:(like Limper's extreme vitality)]] are unaffected. [[spoiler:Darling]] in is the White Rose's "reincarnation"; it's not certain if they were the same individual over two lives, but [[spoiler:Darling]] they inherited her power.



** In ''The Black Company'', [[spoiler:the Company has survived one of the biggest wars in history, the Rebellion all but broken. Croaker's realized Darling is the White Rose and the best shot at beating back the Lady; Raven is fleeing with her to protect her, with Croaker and Silent, acting as the {{Secret Keeper}}s, let them since Croaker is having serious doubts about further service with the lady]].

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** In ''The Black Company'', [[spoiler:the Company has survived one of the biggest wars in history, the Rebellion all but broken. Croaker's realized Darling is the White Rose and the best shot at beating back the Lady; Raven is fleeing with her to protect her, with Croaker and Silent, Silent acting as the {{Secret Keeper}}s, let them since and Croaker is having serious doubts about further service with the lady]].
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